Blurb: Feyre is a huntress. The skin of a wolf would bring enough gold to feed her sisters for a month. But the life of a magical creature comes at a steep price, and Feyre has just killed the wrong wolf… Taken prisoner by a High Fae Lord, Feyre learns that her masked captor is hiding even more than his piercing gaze suggests. But as Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin t burn through every warning she’s heard about his kind, a shadow is falling across the land. And if Feyre cannot fight it, she will lose everything.
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Feyre’s life is hard. Barely surviving the winter in a small cottage with her father and sisters, it seems that she’s run into some good luck when she’s able to kill a wolf and sell his pelt for a good price. But it was no ordinary wolf and it’s not long before the fae come for her…
The first thing I have to say about this book is that I’m so mad at myself for not reading it sooner. It’s been out for six years, on my radar for at least three and physically on my shelves for one – to think I could have read this series and joined in the hype for the newest release, A Court of Silver Flames, is annoying! But, I’m onto it now and have already ordered myself the rest of the series so I won’t have to wait long to jump into the hype.
While I do enjoy the fantasy genre, the books that stand out for me have brilliant world building and lore but also don’t bore me during action scenes – and this book hit those two perfectly. I wanted to know everything about Prythian and it’s lore, what creatures were what, who was who and that, to me, is a sign that a book is really pulling you into the world between its pages. As for the action scenes, later on in the book (I won’t use spoilers, don’t worry!) we get to see Feyre in some pretty sticky situations and I physically couldn’t put the book down! I was determined to see if she survived or what injuries she sustained. All in all, this book was so well written that it captured me early on and didn’t let me go. To add to that, the inner workings of royal courts have always been interesting to me and it was clear that a lot of planning had gone into this book, all of which is wonderfully revealed at the end. A great plot is driven forward by well written characters, all of which had me double guessing if I liked them, how I felt and what they would do next. Everything had me hooked. I also liked that Feyre couldn’t read – not only was this something that made sense given her upbringing and the medieval aspect of fantasy worlds, but it was also used to further the plot and not just as something to make comments about. She’s strong and brave but also vulnerable and scared and I always appreciate being able to see both sides to a main character as it makes them so much more believable. Rhysand also stood out for me (maybe even more than Tamlin in the end) as he always felt like he was up to something and I couldn’t always figure out what. I wasn’t sure if I liked him, hated him or was feeling some combination of both. Plus, I’m just finally so glad to actually know something about the character that everyone raves about! 😂
As for what I disliked, there wasn’t anything major that I could pick out. I’d love an accompaniment to this series about faerie law and the different types of creatures that we encounter but that’s not a criticism of the book. While I enjoyed this book very much, I didn’t cry or stress about the characters (which is typically my criteria for a five star read) but I’ve heard that this series only gets better so I’m excited to see what happens next!
Overall, if you’re like me and have been putting this book off, I can’t recommend it enough! You’ll love it, I’m sure!
Have you read this book? Or maybe you’ve read something similar? What did you think? I’d love to know!
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